Rating the Best and Most Dependable Exotic Cars
With over 15 Years in the exotic car rental business, Rob Ferretti knows which high-end cars make the most sound investments.
If you want to know about exotic cars, Rob Ferretti is the man to ask. He is the co-owner of Gotham Dream Cars, one of the most well-known exotic car rental firms. With 15 years in the business, his suggestions hold a lot of weight. Ferretti recently sat down with VINwiki for its You Tube series “Car Stories” to discuss the pros and cons of some of the most prestigious marques.
At Gotham Dream Cars’ peak they bad 35 cars, including Land Rovers, Bentleys, McLarens, Aston Martins, and more. So, Ferretti definitely had his feet wet in the world of exotic and sports cars. So what cars rank the best? Or, as Ferretti puts it, which are “genuinely good, and which are ‘enthusiast cars’–which they may think are good, but they are not.”
First off, Ferretti found that most cars, especially Lamborghini and Ferrari, saw a jump in quality from 2010 on. “The quality, the caliber, the cars across the board got much better,” he says. “With the exception of Aston Martin. They’re just ‘meh.'” One of the great highlights in this video is Ferretti does not hold back on his opinions.
He stresses that there are a few major aspects to these cars that one much consider.
“Your friends in exotic cars: Reliability, performance, looks, and sound. Not your friends? Depreciation, maintenance.” says Ferretti.
On the topic of depreciation, Ferretti mentions that the biggest depreciation hit he took was on a McLaren MP4-12C, which was a used demo car. As he explains, the car took a dive in value. “It was the most money I lost in my life in 6 months on a car.” He learned from his McLaren ordeal and the next McLaren he purchased, a McLaren 12C Spider, he got for $175k on a $333k window sticker when the car only had 1200 miles.
In the video, Ferretti suggests you cannot go wrong picking a Porsche 911 Turbo or Porsche 911 GT3.
One of the more interesting topics he covers is the odd practice of over-servicing. Some owners will flatbed their cars after never driving it, doing a major service, then turn around and do yet another major service. He believes over-servicing cars can open up a bigger problem of mechanics looking at it, taking things apart, not putting back bolts, screws, etc. It can be a vicious cycle.
He also goes into some of the disadvantages with some car makers. He uses Ferrari as an example. Somehow the company is able to win F1 titles, but they are not able to design a timing belt that can last 1/8th as long as a Honda Civic.
The video is filled with great insights and helpful information for anyone from enthusiasts to collectors. The overall arching opinion Ferretti attempts to convey in the video is for you to stay away from thinking “the lore” is truth.